Is mold exposure bad for humans?

A few examples of fungi/mold species that can be hazardous to the health of humans include:

  • Penicillium
  • Aspergillus
  • Stachybotrys
  • Paecilomyces
  • Fusarium
  • Cladosporium
  • Alternaria

It is estimated that there are greater than 100,000 different species of fungi that exist across the world. These thinly spun threaded organisms produce spores that then allow them to spread themselves to different locations. Spores can be spread in the air, through water, or even among insects.

Is mold exposure bad for humans? 

Toxic mold exposure can be dangerous and even fatal for susceptible individuals. However, the majority of molds pose little or no health risks to humans. Household molds exist in colors such as red, green, blue-green, brown and black.  In fact, there are only two types of household molds that are toxic— Stachybotrys and Memnoniella .

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